Hi ESRA Racquetballers,
The VIC GOV Roadmap out of COVID-19 Lockdown makes it clear that we will not be able to get back onto court to practice or compete until sometime after 5 November.
Sadly, we have no option but to abandon Spring Pennant 2021.
On a brighter note, we are now able to begin planning for 2022.
RETURNING TO COURT
Undoubtedly there will be protocols that we will need to follow to ensure our safety, that of other players, and the venues in which we train and play. Some of these will be universally mandated; other will be venue specific. We will work with S&RV and venues to ensure that all players are fully aware of these protocols. While we are yet to see the fine print of the VIC GOV Roadmap, it is likely that some, if not all, venues will implement a “no jab – no entry” policy.
Doubles Mania style program in December and January – PROPOSED
If people are interested, and assuming that the protocols allow; we may be able to run a Doubles Mania style program in December and January to allow people to ease back to form and fitness ahead of Autumn Pennant.
If you think you would be interested, send a text to Ian on 0418 372 560 so that we can gauge the level of support.
Autumn Pennant will commence in early February, by which time we will have had nearing two months back on court to prepare for competition.
The most likely commencement date is the week commencing Monday 7 February. The ESRA Fixture will again be coordinated with the various squash comps conducted around Melbourne to minimise difficulties arising from any future lockdown, should one occur. A meeting of the various bodies will be held in early October to agree on dates and protocols.
It would be lovely to think that the Spring Pennant Teams and Grades could be moved unchanged to Autumn Pennant 2022 … but it is probably not quite that simple.
We ask that Team Captains and Venue Coordinators contact all players to ascertain their intentions for Autumn Pennant 2022.
We would like to provide details of Teams, Grades & preferred home nights to S&RV by 30 November to allow the fixtures to be drawn up without the normal last-minute rush.
ESRA TOURNAMENT – Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 February 2022
The 2022 ESRA Tournament will revert to its normal February time slot. It will be held for the first time at Dromana Tonic Squash & Gym on Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 February 2022. The Tonic crew spearheaded by Matt Howard and the Tournament Committee did a lot of preparatory work before the 2021 event was cancelled. None of this work will be wasted and we look forward to a successful return next year.
Late February, summer’s end, but after the peak of the season seems an ideal time to spend a weekend on the Peninsula. You might wish to explore accommodation options to take advantage of all that the region offers in addition to the Tournament
VICTORIAN & MOUNTAIN DISTRICT TOURNAMENT – 2022 VIC OPEN
The 2022 VIC Open will once again be held at Genesis Wantirna (Mountain District) on Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 July 2022.
Everything was in place for the 2021 event before it was abruptly cancelled 36 hours before commencement. Fortunately, the fresh food had not been purchased and the Tournament T-shirts were ordered without a date on them (just in case). Along with prizes and other material they are stored and ready for 2022.
ARE YOU LOOKING TO IMPROVE YOUR GAME ?
Five times Australian Open Racquetball Champion and former Squash International Geoff Wilcock will resume his Team Wilco Squash & Racquetball coaching at Goodlife Healthclub Wantirna as soon as the roadmap allows. If you would like individual or small group coaching contact Geoff on 0403 336 093.
ESRA Annual General Meeting 2021 – via Zoom on Monday 13 December at 7.30 pm
The 2021 ESRA AGM will be held via Zoom on Monday 13 December at 7.30 pm.
The Agenda and Reports covering the year 2020-2021 will be circulated well in advance of the meeting. By the date of the AGM we should have greater clarity regarding the 2022 Autumn Pennant season. A question & answer session will follow the AGM.
The last few months have been difficult for all Victorians, and frustrating for participants of all indoor sports. It will improve both our physical and mental wellbeing to be able to get back on court and to catch up with old friends. We hope that you and your families are coping well and ready for life after lockdown.
We look forward to seeing you all at a court somewhere, sometime soon.